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Tannadice Park (ATT 12,601) 1st January 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Dundee Utd Dundee United vs Aberdeen Aberdeen

Dundee Utd 1

J Souttar (51)

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Aberdeen 2

B Robson (pen 64)
P Pawlett (90+1)

Scottish Premiership: Peter Pawlett strikes late as Aberdeen best Dundee Utd 2-1

Last Updated: 02/01/14 10:02pm

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Peter Pawlett celebrates his last-gasp winner at Tannadice

Peter Pawlett celebrates his last-gasp winner at Tannadice

Peter Pawlett bagged a dramatic last-gasp winner as Aberdeen came from behind to claim the 'New Firm' derby honours, winning 2-1 at Dundee United.

On a thrilling afternoon in front a 14,000 full-house, John Souttar put the home side in front early in the second half, only for Barry Robson to equalise before Pawlett's late coup de grace.

Aberdeen had a great chance to edge ahead when Pawlett profited from Souttar's indecision but the Dons striker shot straight at Radoslaw Cierzniak.

Scott Vernon then got the better of Souttar, but was not quite able to pick out Niall McGinn in a dangerous position.

Dundee United threatened just before the break when Andrew Robertson saw his shot deflected wide of Jamie Langfield's goal.

Souttar (51) made the breakthrough as Langfield made a mess of Mark Wilson's corner and the United man reacted quickest to lash home his first goal for the club from six yards.

The travelling support were screaming for a second yellow card for Paul Paton after he clattered into Pawlett, but referee Willie Collum was unmoved.

But the match official was soon back in the Aberdeen fans' good books when he awarded a handball against Robertson and Robson levelled it up from the penalty spot (64).

McGinn then fired in a fine effort from the angle, but Cierzniak was equal to it with a fine stop and Pawlett also brought the best out of the United keeper.

The pressure kept building on Cierzniak's goal and the United resistance was broken when Robson's free-kick bounced off Nadir Ciftci into the path of Pawlett (90) who gleefully headed home the winner.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 34 89
2 Aberdeen 34 64
3 Motherwell 34 61
4 Dundee United 34 54
5 Inverness CT 34 53
6 St Johnstone 34 51
7 Hibernian 34 34
8 St Mirren 34 34
9 Kilmarnock 34 33
10 Partick Thistle 34 33
11 Ross County 34 31
12 Hearts 34 16

Match Reaction

McInnes: Dons worthy winners

McInnes: Dons worthy winners

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes insisted his side were worthy winners of a pulsating New Year's Day match at Tannadice.